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Born: September 20, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Miniato, Pisa, IT Profession: director, screenwriter

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During their student days, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani started shooting documentary films. Their first completed short, "San Miniato, July 1944" (1954), a collaboration with Cesare Zavattini, the cornerstone screenwriter of the Italian neorealist movement, concerned a Nazi massacre in their hometown. Working as a team from the start, the early Taviani films were influenced by and often made with Valentino Orsini, a resistance fighter. A turning point in their work, as well as Italian political cinema in general, was "Subversives" (1967), which combined documentary footage of a prominent Communist leader's funeral and the story of four people for whom this death raises numerous questions about their political future.

During their student days, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani started shooting documentary films. Their first completed short, "San Miniato, July 1944" (1954), a collaboration with Cesare Zavattini, the cornerstone screenwriter of the Italian neorealist movement, concerned a Nazi massacre in their hometown. Working as a team from the start, the early Taviani films were influenced by and often made with Valentino Orsini, a resistance fighter. A turning point in their work, as well as Italian political cinema in general, was "Subversives" (1967), which combined documentary footage of a prominent Communist leader's funeral and the story of four people for whom this death raises numerous questions about their political future.

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  Risurrezione (2001) Director
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  Tu Ridi (1998) Co-Director
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  Elective Affinities (1996) Director
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  Fiorile (1993) Director
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  Night Sun (1990) Director
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  Good Morning Babylon (1987) Director

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 True Life of Antonio H., The (1994) Himself
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1950:
Founded and ran the Pisa Cinema Club with brother Paolo and Valentino Orsini
1950:
Wrote and directed two populist plays at the Teatro della Cronaca in Livorno (with brother Paolo and Valentino Orsini)
1954:
Co-directed first short, "San Miniato, July 1944" (with brother and Orsini)
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Made other short documentary films in collaboration with brother and Orsini
1954:
Worked as assistant to Roberto Rossellini, Luciano Emmer and Raymond Pellegrini (along with brother) (dates approximate)
1962:
Feature film directing debut, "A Man For Burning"
1977:
Made their international breakthrough film, "Padre Padrone"
1986:
First (largely) English-language film, "Good Morning, Babylon"
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Education

University of Pisa: -

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father:
Ermanno Taviani. Lawyer. Persecuted by fascists.
brother:
Paolo Taviani. Director, screenwriter. Born November 8, 1931; works with Vittorio.

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